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Scottie Pippen reacts to Carmelo Anthony’s return to the NBA

Scottie Pippen

Count Scottie Pippen as another NBA legend who is happy to see Carmelo Anthony back in the NBA. Melo signed with the Portland Trail Blazers last week, ending his more than one year exile from the NBA.

Anthony had a vintage performance for the Blazers on Monday against the Chicago Bulls. He put up 25 points and eight rebounds while shooting 10-of-20 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. The Blazers defeated the Bulls by 23 points to improve to 6-12 on the season.

In four games with the Blazers, Melo is putting up 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He’s shooting 39.1 percent overall, 39.1 percent from the 3-point line and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. Anthony passed Alex English on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Monday.

Anthony will effectively cost the Blazers $51,000 per day. He will earn $14,490 per day while he’s on the roster in Portland. The contract becomes fully guaranteed if he is not waived by Jan. 7.

The Blazers were in need of scoring and help in the frontcourt, so this was a good roll of the dice by signing Anthony. The non-guaranteed contract makes it a low-risk proposition as well. We’ll see if Melo makes it past the Jan. 7 guaranteed date.